Valentino's Cucina Italiana - Closed

1145 S. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Critics' Pick


  • Tue-Thu 4:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
  • $$$, $$$$
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Beer/Wine
  • Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
Valentino's Northern Italian menu is not something your Nona would have recognized, with its beet purées and warm goat Brie. Trendy specials -- whole bronzino; grouper with rock shrimp; turbot with lobster; skirt steak rollatini; a stuffed zucchini blossom appetizer or a special salad made with corn and mushrooms; pasta with lobster sauce, hot chilies, and sea urchin roe -- with all their fancy ingredients still evoke the smells and flavors of traditional Italian cooking, and that's part of what makes eating at Valentino's so interesting. Some of the nightly specials, like duck confit with garganelli, are so popular that they've become fixtures; they draw on known flavors and textures but in the combination arrive at something unexpected. It's like hopping a high-tech bullet train for the ride to your old hometown.

Related Stories (3)

  • Valentino's Will Move to a New Location in May
    4 years ago by Melissa McCart

    Valentino's Cucina Italiana  is slated to move down the street to 620 S. Federal Highway by May, confirms chef owner Giovanni Rocchio. The new building is 3,200 square feet -- double the size of the original location, with more...

  • After Hiatus, Valentino's to Reopen Tuesday
    4 years ago by Melissa McCart

    After a six week haitus for the off season, Valentino's Cucina Italiana will reopen this Tuesday for dinner, with Giovanni Rocchio at the helm and the menu that has earned accolades.  Why is this remarkable? Because Rocchio...

  • Cooking Like a Rock Star
    7 years ago by Gail Shepherd

    I don't know how the Italians managed it. They've infiltrated the collective consciousness so thoroughly that even a WASPy Irish/English daughter of the American Revolution like me feels that her childhood must have included some ol...


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